Delicious Japan


We ate our way through Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka marveling at the fresh ingredients, meticulous preparation and mouthwatering results.

The talented chefs create artful presentations in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. 

 

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It’s Sushi Time

 

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Omakase

 

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Toshio Matsuno, Tempura Matsu

 

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Cold Udon Noodles on Ice

 

“At its best, Japanese cooking is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, with religion, with tradition and history. It is evocative of seasonal changes, or of one’s childhood, or of a storm at sea.” 

~M.F.K Fisher

 

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Finishing Touches, Tempura Matsu

 

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A Sip of Tea

 

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Fresh Ramen Noodles

 

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Ramen Non, Kyoto

 

“Even sea bream is not delicious when eaten in loneliness.”

~Japanese Proverb

 

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Ramen Noodle Chef

 

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Kobe Chef

 

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Kobe Beef

 

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Yakatori Chefs

 

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Yakatori Chicken

 

“Dumplings rather than flowers.”

~Japanese Proverb

 

 

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Osaka Skewers

 

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Bonita and Roe

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Gingko Nuts

 

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Shrimp Tempura

 

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The Art of Octopus

 

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Sushi, Tokyo

 

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Matcha Delight

 

 

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” 

~ Ruth Reichl

 

 

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Happy Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

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102 comments

  1. Most excellent and delicious-looking!

  2. I love looking at a person who actually knows how to shoot. I always look at my shots, and I’m like “awww, I thought you knew how to take pics, guess not”

  3. Well, now I’m hungry, Jane! Gorgeous food photography. The portrait of you and your husband at the end is terrific! That first shot is my favorite. 🙂 Love it!

  4. A wonderful mix of creators and creations!

  5. I’m a big sushi fan, I envy your incredibly tasty looking meals. Love the top image with the happy chefs!

  6. Nice selection you have shown. My grandpa loved his sashimi, usually having it nearly everyday. Neither my mom and grandma developed the taste for raw tuna. Mom said it was an acquired taste. Finding fresh sashimi-grade (or sushi-grade) in Hawaii is just a trip to the fish market. Ali’i ahi is the highest grade tuna you can find there. I may need to make a bowl of soba noodles for lunch. 🙂

    PS – Nice to see you and your husband in the last photo.

    • Hi David, I wondered where your grandparents lived, and then you answered my question. Hawaii is the place to have a passion for sashimi!
      In one Japanese restaurant they brought out a huge piece of tuna to show us before preparing it. It was impressive. Glad you enjoyed this post and the rare photo of its author. 🙂 Thanks so much and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  7. I am so drooling, over both the food and your photos!

  8. I am not convinced those green noodles are delicious. What a great overview of Japan. Thank you.

  9. This certainly got my mouth watering… The combination of the artistic presentation of the food with your delightful photos is a joy to behold.

  10. Great photos! The food looked great 🙌🏼🙌🏼

  11. Beautifully documented and displayed.

  12. You have really captured the art of Japanese food, Jane!

  13. fabulous photos, utterly delicious food!

  14. Phenomenal pictures of how some of the best food is made!!! Now I have a serious craving for sushi…

  15. The one, two punch of the first two photos is fantastic – I love the laughing chefs in black and white followed by that crazy, multi-hued plate of food. You’re looking as pleased as you should be, after tiptoeing through these delicacies….and your food photography is stellar! Wow! Last but not least, ending with Ruth Reichl is perfect.

    • Hi Lynn, So happy you picked up on that contrast. The two chefs were so funny when they broke into that pose. Every chef was eager to present such beautiful dishes….we were in culinary bliss. Ruth R’s quote really hits home, doesn’t it? Glad you enjoyed these–thanks very much!

  16. Wow, amazing array of food – nice happy photo of you two! ハッピー

  17. I love Japanese food! Thanks for sharing this amazing post. 😊

  18. Your first image is an excellent introduction for all the ones that follow. These are exquisite photos, Jane.
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  19. All exquisite images! I love the people shots – especially that first one! Wow! And great to see a shot of you and hubby! Btw – Nice to see that your hair is natural grey – very similar in color and length to my wife’s hair.

    • Hi Michael, It was such fun to talk with the chefs, when we could, and they were happy to be in photographs which was fun. Much more than I– glad you like the rare photo of us. Yes, I decided to let nature take its course– like your wife–and I am very happy I did. Thanks so much!

  20. My wife is big on the presentation of food, and for that reason she appreciates Japanese cuisine.

  21. Nice! Almost makes me want to eat sushi – almost.

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  22. Yum!

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  23. These are stunning and also tasty….always beautiful captures and compositions I feel I’m there 🤓☺️💫 smiles Hedy

  24. What an artists and you captured this so beautifully!

  25. What a yummy post….must be hard to come back and want to order anything but the real thing!

  26. Thanks for the culinary tour. Love the shot of you two.

  27. I am fond of food photography but here in these photos “A Sip of Tea” caught most of my attention. Is that a traditional dress or they wear it on a specific occassion? I am curious…

  28. Yes, you got it to a T! Japanese food is so delicious and such a delight to look at. You portrayed the various scenes so well.

  29. Oh my! That’s a LOT of food before breakfast, Jane! 🙂 🙂 Superb action photos!

  30. Super captures, great post! A real invitation to visit the “Land of the Rising Sun”… Thanks for sharing, Jane.

  31. Your images are beautiful. Little works of art. There is so much cate gone into each dish and your photos honour this.

  32. Oh Jane, such wonderful photos! I was not as adventurous as you (perhaps because I was alone. I think had Don been with me I’d have delved in a little deeper) but I loved the food, especially the ramen and soba dishes. I got so addicted I’m now making ramen at home in as close a copy as I can of what I had in Japan. I love it. Don does too.
    I ate a lot of soft ice cream 🙂
    Alison

  33. Yes, please! Beautiful shots, Jane. Now I want some Ramen noodles. And some Kobe beef.

  34. WOW looks delicious Jane and you guys look great 🙂

  35. Notice how daintily the woman is sipping her tea. The Japanese chef has to be an artist as well as a chef.

  36. hi jane interesting series i noticed that the cooks all have satisfied faces.
    greetings robert

  37. Yum! Yum! I missed Japanese cuisine and onsen! The Japanese knows how to enjoy life – get a nice afternoon hike then get a nice bath at onsen and finally a delicious dinner!

  38. Very tasty not to mentioned well seen and wellshot. I

  39. Sumptuous…in every sense! Photos and Food and the Experience!

  40. Happy place 🙂 It sure is! Great images of wonderful food. The Japanese understand like no other people that appetite isn’t just a stomach thing but also for the eyes. I ‘discovered’ soba in Japan and it still is on my lunch menu once a week.

    • Thanks very much, Peter. You are absolutely right…the presentation in restaurants, food halls and stores is beautiful and appealing. Love Soba noodles, too, and also, we had many bowls of Ramen. 🙂

  41. Your work has put this vegetarian on the fence. Please don’t shoot any liquor stores!

  42. OMG Jane, love your opener on this one (and the closer of course 😊)

  43. The food looks lovely, sans the Sushi. Wonderful photos as always Jane! ❤️

  44. Seems you’re never home, must be in the witness protection program!

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